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Michael,

A handful of M61’s currently in my possession. Some you likely have but sharing the list in case there’s any new ones. 

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 LR 13650 1934
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Round 22 S,L,LR 14388 1935
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 Short 22819 1937
Mod 61 Slide Grooved, Steel Plate 22 S,L,LR 226405 1955
Mod 61 Slide Grooved 22 S,L,LR 281961 1960
Mod 61 Slide Grooved – Magnum 22 Win Mag RF 342490 1962

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Michael,

A handful of M61’s currently in my possession. Some you likely have but sharing the list in case there’s any new ones. 

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 LR 13650 1934
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Round 22 S,L,LR 14388 1935
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 Short 22819 1937
Mod 61 Slide Grooved, Steel Plate 22 S,L,LR 226405 1955
Mod 61 Slide Grooved 22 S,L,LR 281961 1960
Mod 61 Slide Grooved – Magnum 22 Win Mag RF 342490 1962

  

SN 13650  Short slide handle?  Is the magazine end collared?

SN 14388  New Rifle.  Short slide?  Collared mag?  Flat muzzle?

SN 22819  Collared mag?

SN 342490  “A” beneath the SN?

 

A couple of new ones and filling in  few holes in the info!  Thanks SO much for the effort.

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Michael,

A handful of M61’s currently in my possession. Some you likely have but sharing the list in case there’s any new ones. 

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 LR 13650 1934
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Round 22 S,L,LR 14388 1935
Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 Short 22819 1937
Mod 61 Slide Grooved, Steel Plate 22 S,L,LR 226405 1955
Mod 61 Slide Grooved 22 S,L,LR 281961 1960
Mod 61 Slide Grooved – Magnum 22 Win Mag RF 342490 1962

  

SN 13650  Short slide handle?  YES    Is the magazine end collared?   YES

SN 14388  New Rifle.  Short slide?  YES   Collared mag?  YES   Flat muzzle?  YES

SN 22819  Collared mag?  NO

SN 342490  “A” beneath the SN?  YES

 

A couple of new ones and filling in few holes in the info!  Thanks SO much for the effort.

Michael

  

Michael – -See answers above

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SERIAL #  97571  NO “W”

ROUND BARREL

STAMPED  22 L RIFLE

NO HOLES IN TANG

BLACK PLASTIC BUTT PLATE

NOT GROOVED

NOT COLLARED

ROUNDED MUZZLE

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SERIAL NUMBER 125705, no W

CALIBER 22 S.L.OR L.R. 

MANUFACTURED 1949

Steel checkered butt plate

Round Barrell

Formerly from Larry Jones collection per auction listing 

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Thanks to both Bill Heller and agentzuk for adding their rifles into my work.  I appreciate the effort.

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Another late one I picked up……..

Mod 61 Slide Grooved, Hard Rubber Plate 22 S,L,LR 262360 1958

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Another late one I picked up……..

Mod 61 Slide Grooved, Hard Rubber Plate 22 S,L,LR 262360 1958

  

Thanks!  Number 8541 for the survey.  1958 production just as the plastic butt plate was being introduced.

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Model 61 Purchased 03/31/2023 from Guns.com, Took Possession 04/06/2023.

1. Serial Number 164415

2. Round Barrel

3. Stamped .22S L. OR L.R.

4. No Screw Holes in Tang

5. Checkered Steel Butt Plate

6. Receiver Not Grooved

7. Non Collered

8.Muzzle is Crowned

9. Triger is Grooved

10. Tube is Steel

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Model 61 Purchased 03/31/2023 from Guns.com, Took Possession 04/06/2023.

1. Serial Number 164415

2. Round Barrel

3. Stamped .22S L. OR L.R.

4. No Screw Holes in Tang

5. Checkered Steel Butt Plate

6. Receiver Not Grooved

7. Non Collered

8.Muzzle is Crowned

9. Triger is Grooved

10. Tube is Steel

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Thanks so much Carl.  That is a 1951 vintage rifle.

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Hello Michael, came across your query whilst trying to find out about peep sights for the Model 61.

I’m in South Africa and bought my Model 61 some 30 yrs ago off a deceased estate. The butt has the name W. Smith stamped on it.

It has serial number 13568 (manufactured 1936), round barrel, has two screw holes sans screws on the tang for the peep sight. 

Butt plate is chequered steel, chambered for .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. 

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Hello Michael, came across your query whilst trying to find out about peep sights for the Model 61.

I’m in South Africa and bought my Model 61 some 30 yrs ago off a deceased estate. The butt has the name W. Smith stamped on it.

It has serial number 13568 (manufactured 1936), round barrel, has two screw holes sans screws on the tang for the peep sight. 

Butt plate is chequered steel, chambered for .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. 

Regards

Frank

  

Hello Frank,

Thanks so much for reaching out and adding your rifle into my survey of the Model 61’s.  According to the serial number the rifle was actually manufactured during 1934.  Can you tell me please if the end of the magazine has a reinforcing collar on it as in the attached image?  The muzzle face should be cut perfectly flat as opposed to being rounded or “crowned.”

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Frank McCarter said

Hello Michael, came across your query whilst trying to find out about peep sights for the Model 61.

I’m in South Africa and bought my Model 61 some 30 yrs ago off a deceased estate. The butt has the name W. Smith stamped on it.

It has serial number 13568 (manufactured 1936), round barrel, has two screw holes sans screws on the tang for the peep sight. 

Butt plate is chequered steel, chambered for .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. 

Regards

Frank

  

Hello Frank,

Thanks so much for reaching out and adding your rifle into my survey of the Model 61’s.  According to the serial number the rifle was actually manufactured during 1934.  Can you tell me please if the end of the magazine has a reinforcing collar on it as in the attached image?  The muzzle face should be cut perfectly flat as opposed to being rounded or “crowned.”

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Michael

  

Hello Michael, my apologies for the belated reply. Unfortunately no notifications received.

Great to hear it’s an earlier model.

It has the reinforcing collar and also the flat muzzle face. Battling to find how to post pics.

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Frank McCarter said

twobit said

Frank McCarter said

Hello Michael, came across your query whilst trying to find out about peep sights for the Model 61.

I’m in South Africa and bought my Model 61 some 30 yrs ago off a deceased estate. The butt has the name W. Smith stamped on it.

It has serial number 13568 (manufactured 1936), round barrel, has two screw holes sans screws on the tang for the peep sight. 

Butt plate is chequered steel, chambered for .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle. 

Regards

Frank

  

Hello Frank,

Thanks so much for reaching out and adding your rifle into my survey of the Model 61’s.  According to the serial number the rifle was actually manufactured during 1934.  Can you tell me please if the end of the magazine has a reinforcing collar on it as in the attached image?  The muzzle face should be cut perfectly flat as opposed to being rounded or “crowned.”

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Thanks again

Michael

  

Hello Michael, my apologies for the belated reply. Unfortunately no notifications received.

Great to hear it’s an earlier model.

It has the reinforcing collar and also the flat muzzle face. Battling to find how to post pics.

Regards

Frank 

  

Frank,

You must be a member of WACA to have photo posting privileges.  Thanks for the additional info on the rifle.

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Michael

Found an octagon WRF w/short wood in Greeley this weekend. Here you go……

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 WRF 7437 1932

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Michael

Found an octagon WRF w/short wood in Greeley this weekend. Here you go……

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 WRF 7437 1932

  

Thanks so much for the data.  Did it follow you home?

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Michael

Found an octagon WRF w/short wood in Greeley this weekend. Here you go……

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 WRF 7437 1932

  

Thanks so much for the data.  Did it follow you home?

  

Yes sir. I had been looking for that particular configuration for quite a long time. I’ve owned a long wood version but ended up selling it as I really like the shorter slides better. 

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pdog72 said

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Michael

Found an octagon WRF w/short wood in Greeley this weekend. Here you go……

Mod 61 Slide Pre-War Octagon 22 WRF 7437 1932

  

Thanks so much for the data.  Did it follow you home?  

Yes sir. I had been looking for that particular configuration for quite a long time. I’ve owned a long wood version but ended up selling it as I really like the shorter slides better. 

  

Congratulations on finding what you were looking for.  I have 3 in the same configuration.  They are nice for sure.

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Michael,

I have 3 grooved 61s to share with you. 

1) 22 s,l,lr – SN: 251166

2) 22 magnum – SN: 302179

3) 22 L. Rifle For Shot Only – SN: 252500

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Michael,

I have 3 grooved 61s to share with you. 

1) 22 s,l,lr – SN: 251166

2) 22 magnum – SN: 302179

3) 22 L. Rifle For Shot Only – SN: 252500

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Thanks so much for the addition.  Do #1 and 3 both have checkered steel butt plates?  

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